One of the most important topics in defensive play is compactness. A key principle of compactness is that the playing area of the opposition is minimised so there is less space for them to attack in. Give your players a lesson in compactness MORE
Block passes by the other side (U7 activity)
Block passes by the other side
PIGGY IN THE MIDDLE
“Get in the way of the ball” • “Get to the ball before the other player”
Set up the activity in a 10 x 10 yards area. Divide players into threes and play 2v1.
This is a “piggy in the middle” game but there is a lot for the players to do. The single player must try to block, while the other two must pass and move around.
Get the pressing player to keep tight on the passer to make it difficult to get the ball to his partner.
As soon as the pressing player wins the ball, play a new one in to one of the possession players. Once the player in the middle has won the ball three times, swap with one of the possession team and play another three goes.
How many players do I need?
Players work in threes.